Tuesday, October 30, 2012


In contrast to the unexpectedly powerful June 29 storm, Hurricane Sandy generally spared Hickory Cluster.  Despite more than a day of NOAA-predicted and almost continuous pouring rain and high winds from the northwest starting Sunday evening October 28, TWC management agent Kim Hendon reported no emergency calls. 

Dominion Virginia electrical power flickered quickly off and on at least once Monday night, but otherwise remained on steadily throughout the storm.  It appears that only one large cluster tree fell, near the North Shore Drive underpass path, in addition to a surprisingly small number of tree limbs that regularly fall throughout the cluster.

Monday, October 29, 2012


Save the dates:  Winter 2012 Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Meet at the Block 3 Common Area.

This event will be coordinated by Block 3 resident and HCA Director Zerrin Turner, along with Michael Smith in Block 1 and Blake Travis in Block 2.

  Cleaning debris from Common Areas behind patios
  Clearing tree debris clusterwide
  Cutting and removing ivy growing on trees
  Stacking debris near paths and streets for removal
  And meeting your neighbors


Due to expected holiday schedule conflicts with the typical meeting date of Wednesday, November 21, 2012, the day before Thanksgiving, the Board voted at its October meeting to change the November meeting date to Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

In an effort to support the Reston Museum, operated by the Reston Historic Trust, the HCA November 2012 meeting will be held at the museum store, 1639 Washington Plaza, in the Lake Anne Village Historic District at Lake Anne, telephone (703) 709-7700.

As always, Hickory Cluster residents are welcome to attend and address the Board during the Member Forum at the start of each meeting.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


RELAC Eastern Area Manager Luther Ghorley announced that, as of 12:00 noon October 9, 2012, Aqua Virginia has officially shut down the RELAC chilled water processing and distribution plant for the 2012 Cooling Season.

RELAC typically depressurizes and drains the distribution system pipes within a few weeks after shutdown to prepare for Winter and to perform regular maintenance.  Once depressurized, customers can drain their individual residence systems to inhibit corrosion and reduce heating season furnace heat loss.  Watch for that announcement on this website.

Now is also a good time to replace your furnace air filter, drain your chilled water coil condensation collection system, and very gently vacuum brush the delicate heat transfer coils and fins to remove any airborne material that got past the filter and might be obstructing airflow.  Contact RELAC Plant Engineer Mike Coleman for additional guidance at the email address on the Resources page of this website.


Due to a number of schedule conflicts, members of the HCA Board of Directors agreed to meet one week earlier than usual this month.

The monthly Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10 rather than Wednesday, October 17, starting at 7:30 p.m.  Location will be the TWC Association Management conference room, 397 Herndon Parkway, Suite 100, Herndon, VA 20170, telephone (703) 437-5800.

As always, Hickory Cluster residents are welcome to attend and address the Board during the Member Forum at the start of each meeting.